Browsing articles from "June, 2012"

Wednesday: Celebrations & Parades

Jun 6, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish. We wrote the date in English and Spanish.  The children found the day of the week in Spanish.  They reviewed their Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  Today is the last day of lessons for the summer!  The children told me holidays that  they and their families celebrate.  There are many different kinds of celebrations and holidays around the world.  We discussed all the different types of celebrations people could have. 

Music:  Discussed:  What do you like to do when you are celebrating?  Some people like to dance when they are celebrating.  We listened to “Happy and You Know It” and danced to the song.  

Visual Art:   Discussed:  Who do you like to be with during a party?  Celebrations are usually a great time for family and friends to get together.   The children will all get to decorate a bear and this can be their friend at a celebration.  

Gross Motor:    Discussed:  What is your favorite instrument in a marching band?  I gave each child an instrument and we made our own marching band.  We played the CD and marched around the room playing our instruments.  

Social Skills:  Discussed:  What kind of decorations does your family use for celebrations?  Many people like to decorate their homes, tables or themselves when they celebrate or are in a parade. We had 6 kids at a time play the Lotto Game.  Each child picked a Lotto Board.  We went around the circle drawing a lotto card.  If they had a match on their board they placed it on the matching picture. If they did not have a match then they found one of their friends that had the matching picture and gave them the card.  Their friend had to say “Thank you” and then place it on the card.  We played until everyone filled up their Lotto Board. 

Tumble Bus Day:   See the Activities they did today by looking at the form by the front door.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2:  Drawing a picture using markers.  

Tuesday: Jungle Home

Jun 5, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  We wrote the date in English and Spanish.  We found the day of the week in Spanish. We reviewed our Spanish and Sign Language words.  

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what we learned about Jungle Jobs.  Today the children told me everything they know about homes in the jungle?  People and animals use the natural resources to build their homes.  Fun Facts:  A lot of the houses do not have walls because they don’t need them.  It doesn’t get cold and they don’t need much privacy.  Privacy to them is a lot different than privacy is to us.  They practice privacy when they bathe in the river.  Even though they don’t wear a lot of clothing usually, the women bathe at one time or place and the men at another.  You would not have your own room in a jungle house.  To build their homes they put some poles to support a thatched roof.  Since it rains here so much, they do a good job in making the roof to have as few leaks as possible.  

Logic:  Discussed:  What happens if you build your house on wet ground?  We looked at a piece of cardboard and discussed what we thought would happen to it if we put it in water.  I put one side of the cardboard in water.  We let it soak in there.  I then pulled it out and allowed each child to come up and feel the dry and wet side of the cardboard.  They told me what they felt.  We left the cardboard in water for a long time and discussed what happened to it.  We then used the large blocks to show them what Stilts are and how to build a house on stilts.  

Emergent Writing:  Discussed:  What natural materials could you find outside to build a home?  What do wild animals near your home use to build homes.  Each child took a page of the class book and colored something they learned about a Rainforest.  They brought the picture up to me and told me what to write. They were to tell me facts about the Rainforest that they learned.  

Learning Approach:    Discussed:  What happens when a leaf gets wet?  Do you think a leaf would make a good roof?  We looked at the Little Learning Cards and discussed each card in detail:  Zz, blue, Gg, 19, Aa, green, octagon, 20.  

Health and Safety:  Discussed:  If you lived in a tree, in what part of the tree would you want to live?  The rainforest is filled with trees.  Insects and animals live under the bark, on leaves, and hang from branches.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1:  Outside Play  Center 2: Make birthday cards for Marissa Center 3: Little Learning Cards- They will color each card and cut them out.

Monday: Jungle Jobs

Jun 4, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Calendar:  Discussed calendar in English and Spanish.  We took down May’s calendar and discussed our new month.  We wrote the date in English and Spanish.  We reviewed our Spanish and Sign language words.

Brainstorm/Fun Facts:  We reviewed what they learned about Jungle Food!  Today the children told me everything they know about Jungle Jobs. Fun Facts:  They have to get up early and begin working.  The girls look after their little sister, brother, niece or nephew.  They also help cook, grate manioc, carry heavy backpacks and get water.  The boys will hunt with the men in the village, fish, farm and weave baskets.  They also spend a lot of time in the jungle as part of their learning and training to become excellent hunters and providers for their families.  In their free time, both boys and girls love to go swimming in the river, and there are plenty of rivers around.  The girls like to play with hand-made dolls and the boys like to shoot their bows and arrows and play in the forest.

Visual Art:  Discussed:  What do people in the jungle use to make baskets?  They use tall weeds and grasses.  We looked at the spider that they did in afternoon centers.  We discussed how to weave the spiders.  

Patterns:  Discussed:  What do houses look like in the Jungle?  Many homes are built up high on stilts.  This keeps the floor dry.  The ground in the rainforest is very wet.  We looked at the Measure Me Tool and we counted the ladder rungs.  We then used it to guess how many rungs long things were in the room.  I also used some of the children’s body parts.  We guessed how many rungs long they were and then measured them to find out if we were right.  

Social Skills:    Discussed:  What could you do to help save the rainforests? How do you think recycling helps?  We discussed how if we recycle then we don’t have to cut more trees down and can make new things out of the recycled materials.  Show and Tell:  The children each brought in an item that can be recycled.  They came up one at a time and discussed each of their items.  We also discussed what we are going to do with these items.  

Emergent Writing:   Discussed:  What type of medicine have you taken?  Most of the medicines are made from plants in the rainforest.  Scientists have followed ants for a long time to help them find more out about medicines and how they survive.    We looked at the back page of their My Little Journals and discussed the capital and lower case letters.  We helped the worker ants get back to their homes.  

Afternoon Centers:  Center 1: Outside Play  Center 2:  Paint a pretty Jungle Picture

Friday: Free Play

Jun 4, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

Miss Corrie read a couple books to the children.
The children got to play with play-dough!

Thursday: Garden Day

Jun 4, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

We did not have lessons today. The children got to plant the garden!

Tumble Bus Day:  Tumble bus came today instead of Wednesday since some of the children were gone on a field trip.  Please see the form by the front door to know what activities they did.

Wednesday: Strawberry Patch

Jun 4, 2012   //   by Miss Kim   //   Daily Lessons  //  No Comments

We did not have lessons today. The older children went to the strawberry patch and picked strawberries. Be looking for your homemade strawberry Jam soon.